Show Review:: The Used 4/28

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The Used with Every Time I Die, Marmozets, & The Eeries
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Upstate Concert Hall; Clifton Park, NY

I’m going to be pretty blunt here – at the time I was writing this, Age of Ultron came out in just about two days, so I was finding it pretty difficult to be excited over anything else. But, that doesn’t mean it was impossible. For instance, say, hypothetically, one of my favorite bands from high school was playing a show a few miles away. That would do the trick. Besides, by the time door opened, there were still, like, 48 more hours before The Avengers premiere – might as well kill some time, eh?

All comic-based sarcasm aside, this was a show that had been on my radar for some time; The Used are screamo royalty, while Every Time I Die have been on my “must-see” list for ages. I had heard rumblings about Marmozets here and there, and opener The Eeries were one of those bands allowing me a fresh, new first impression. Kicking off the show, they made a fast statement.

Taking the stage promptly at 7:30, the LA four-piece entered under low lights with The Addams Family theme song pumping through the PA system. Eerie indeed. It wasn’t much into their set before they began to turn heads, their music a blend of Californian
surf-rock and frenzied punk. If The Pink Spiders and old-school Weezer spent a
weekend together in Long Beach, you’d get The Eeries.

It took a bit of time before the venue started to fill up, so those who missed The Eeries had some bad luck. But anyone who was late for Marmozets next seriously missed out.

Pegged as “Britain’s most exciting young band” by Kerrang, they upheld this reputation. Raw, sharp, and bone-shaking, their time onstage was intense. While their accents may have sounded proper, their performance was far from upright or polite. Becca MacIntyre’s vocals were fierce and feral, while support from the band was just as untamed.

Every Time I Die have made a second home for themselves in the Albany area. Hailing from Buffalo, playing in the Capitol Region is still, somewhat, a hometown show. And they made sure to give their neighbors a treat. From start to finish, they held their energy and intensity at an 11 and showed that, for as glad as we were to have them back, they were equally glad to be there.

Before they played, a few press and venue people were standing off to the side, and I was able to catch a glimpse of The Used’s setlist. With the exception of “Cry” and “Revolution,” the bulk of the night would consist of the first two albums. No offense to the later albums, but those two are unmatchable. It’s probably more about when I first heard them rather than the albums themselves, but opening the night with “Maybe Memories” brought on a flood of awesome high school experience.

Though they played a relatively short set (12 songs, as a headliner), they made the best of it. Or, you could say, they savored every moment of it. *crickets* “The Taste of Ink,” arguably their most recognizable track, was one of the true highlights of the night – performed perfectly, with a huge crowd response. Where the chorus is an anthemic singalong, closer “A Box Full of Sharp Objects” matched the former’s energy, but instead of the audience singing McCracken’s words back to him, they erupted into a three-minute
hurricane of noise and vigor to conclude the night.

The Used have been performing for more than a decade, and I’ve been lucky enough to see them at various points during their career – back on the Taste of Chaos Tour, a year or two later on the Get A Life Tour, a few times on Warped, last year with Taking Back Sunday, and then again on Tuesday, and they’re a band that just gets continues to get stronger.

Setlist; 04/28/2015.
Maybe Memories
Take It Away
The Bird and the Worm
Listening
Cry
I Caught Fire
The Taste of Ink
All That I’ve Got
Revolution
On My Own
Pretty Handsome Awkward
A Box Full Of Sharp Objects

LOL Gallery: The Eeries, Marmozets, Every Time I Die, The Used 

 

Who: The Eeries, Marmozets, Every Time I Die, The Used
When & Where: 4/28/15, Upstate Concert Hall; Clifton Park, NY
By: Eric Riley

For full gallery, click here!

50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW (Part 4)

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It’s that time of year again and South By Southwest (SXSW) is just around the corner! We’ve decided to bring back our “50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss” feature, which will run from today until March 16th, the day before the Music section of SXSW begins! Check out our fourth installment (acts 31-40, in no particular order) of artists we think you need to check out below!

Previous posts: 1 | 2 | 3

*Note: some acts we’ve included are performing at South By So What?! and not South By Southwest. However, since the festival takes place during the week of South By Southwest, we’ve decided to still include them in our list!

Daisyhead
These alternative rockers recently released their debut full-length album, The Smallest Light via No Sleep Records.
The album is already receiving tons of amazing feedback from fans,
publications, and everywhere in between. Their music is nothing short of
exceptional and we’re excited to see where there rest of the year will take
this band.
Where
to catch Daisyhead:
3.21 – 8pm –
Spartan Records SXSW Showcase @ Bar 96.

Emily Wolfe
Chances are, you’ve heard of Emily Wolfe at least once. If you haven’t,
where the heck have you been? Named one of NPR’s 5 New Bands To Watch At SXSW
last year and referred to as a “sparkling rocker” by the Wall Street Journal,
Emily Wolfe takes listeners on an amazing musical journey that everyone should
experience at least once.
Where to catch Emily Wolfe:
3.17 – 1pm – GCJR Showcase @ Empire Control
Room; 3.18 – 7am – KUTX Live Broadcast @ Four Seasons; 3.18 – 1pm – South By
San Jose @ San Jose Hotel (Parking Lot); 3.19 – 8pm – ICM Partners Official
SXSW Showcase @ Icenhauer’s.

BØRNS
When listening to BØRNS the other day, I came across an article that
referred to the band as “an indie prince who was raised by the Beach Boys
alongside unicorns and nymphs.” I have never read anything more perfect. Glam
rocker, Garrett Born, has been receiving praise from artists, including Taylor
Swift, and will surely be taking off before we know it. Incredible vocals with
a unique alternative style keep BØRNS’ music unique and hypnotizing, making us
want to hear even more.
Where to catch BØRNS:
3.18 – 12am – Official SXSW Showcase @
Parish

Travis Hayes
I may be a sucker for the acoustic, heartfelt, singer-songwriter types, but
Travis Hayes is one of my new favorite artists that I’ve come across. Having
shared the stage with artists including 3 Doors Down, Daughtry and The Rocket
Summer, Travis Hayes has a promising career of himself. Our recommendation:
crack open a bottle of wine or whiskey (apple juice if you’re not of age), and
sit yourself down with Young Daze
(Acoustic)
.
Where to catch Travis Hayes:
3.17 – 11am – Balanced Breakfast @ The
Jackalope; 3.20 – 7pm – The ATX Overload Festival @ Spinner’s; 3.21 – 7pm –
Tofu BBQ Blowout.

Typesetter
These Chicago punks will make you feel as if you’re reliving your teen
angst in the best way possible. Self described as “brewgaze,” the band knows
how to perfectly blend punk with indie rock while still completely enjoying
themselves.
Where to catch Typesetter:
3.17 – 7:45pm – Rattle Showcase @ Rattle
Inn; 3.18 – Ground Floor Booking Showcase @ Love Goat; 3.20 – The Music Ranch

Marmozets
No stranger to the road and having previously played large festivals
including Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds Festivals, these UK natives are
making a name for themselves. In fact, they were named one of Rolling Stones’
“10 New Artists You Need To Know: January 2015 edition.” After performing at
South By later this week, you can catch the band on the road again, joining The
Used and Every Time I Die on tour. It’s a set you’ll surely want to see.
Where to catch Marmozets:
3.18 – 2pm – British Music Embassy @
Latitude 30; 3.20 – 9:45pm – Audiotree Showcase @ Licha’s Cantina.

Great Caesar
If you’re familiar with our site, you would know that we are huge fans of
any artists with both male and female vocals. There’s just something so
hypnotizing and incredible about it – and Great Caesar is another band to add
to our list of favorites. This year marks tremendous growth for the band, who
were recently announced by Billboard as one of New Music Seminar’s Artists on the
Verge 2015. For those of you who get to catch these guys, we are jealous. Oh so
very jealous.
Where to catch Great Caesar:
3.145 – 11am – Daybreaker @ Rio Dayclub;
3.15 – 11:30pm – General Assembly x Salesforce @ Old School Bar & Grill;
3.16 – 2am – Red Gorilla @ The Dizzy Rooster; 3.17 – 12:40pm – McDonald’s
Showcase @ McDonald’s parking lot; 3.17 – 3:35pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @
The Blind Pig; 3.18 – 12:45pm – Chicken Ranch Records @ Hole in the Wall; 3.19
– 12:30pm – Doc’s Motorworks Showcase @ Doc’s Motorworks; 3.20 – 11pm –
Official SXSW Showcase @ Esther’s Follies; 3.21 – 12pm – Home Slice Pizza; 3.21
– 4pm – Strange Brew.

Courage My Love
Recent addition to InVogue Records, Courage My Love has a lot going on
right now. The band will be re-releasing their last EP, this time as a
full-length album, later this month and after South By, the band can be found
on the “Stripped Down To The Bone” tour supporting Hawthorne Heights.
Where to catch Courage My Love:
3.20 – South By So What?! @ QuikTrip Park.

Fictionist
2014 was a whirlwind for these Utah rockers who hit the road alongside Neon
Trees and released their self-titled album. Now, the band is making 2015 their
bitch and it’s pretty damn impressive. Named Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best Band
of 2015 and elected by New Music Seminar as part of their “Artist on The Verge
Class of 2015,” we’re only expecting bigger and better accomplishments to come.
Where to catch Fictionist:
3.18 – 4:20pm – L Rock Entertainment Day
Party @ Darwin’s Pub; 3.19 – 1:45pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ The Blind
Pig Rooftop; 3.20 – 10pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ The Trophy Club.

Manic Pixi
After changing their name and releasing a full-length album, Manic Pixi
strive to preserve the Rock N Roll spirit they always knew they had. Referring
to themselves as a “ballsy, genre bending sound all their own,” the band knows
exactly how to grab an audience’s attention with pop-grungey sound.
Where to catch Manic Pixi:
3.19 – 1:15pm – Sonic Tonic Showcase @ Amli
Downtown

Warped Tour Announces Thirteen New Bands

The next set of bands was just announced today and can be seen below!

  • Antiserum
  • Bayside
  • Crizzly
  • Cursed Sails
  • Finch
  • Four Year Strong
  • Ghost Town
  • K.Flay
  • Marmozets
  • Naked Walrus
  • Of Mice And Men
  • Shot In The Dark
  • Unlocking The Truth

To see the rest of the lineup, click “Read More.”

  • A Lot Like Birds
  • A Skylit Drive
  • ACIDIC
  • Air Dubai
  • Alive Like Me
  • American Pinup
  • Anberlin
  • Attila
  • Bad Rabbits
  • Beartooth
  • Beebs and Her Money Makers
  • Born of Osiris
  • Bowling For Soup
  • Breathe Carolina
  • Chelsea Grin
  • Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
  • Courage My Love
  • Crown The Empire
  • Cute Is What We Aim For
  • Dangerkids
  • DayShell
  • DJ Nicola Bear
  • DJ Scout
  • Echosmith
  • Enter Shikari
  • Every Time I Die
  • Falling In Reverse
  • Fit For A King
  • For All Those Sleeping
  • For Today
  • Get Scared
  • Heart To Heart
  • I Fight Dragons
  • I the Mighty
  • Ice Nine Kills
  • Icon For Hire
  • Issues
  • Less Than Jake
  • Lionize
  • Lost In Society
  • Mayday Parade
  • MC Chris
  • Mixtapes
  • Mod Sun
  • Motionless In White
  • Neck Deep
  • NiT GriT
  • One Ok Rock
  • Pacific Dub
  • Parkway Drive
  • Plague Vendor
  • Pvris
  • Real Friends
  • Saves The Day
  • Scare Don’t Fear
  • SECRETS
  • Sleeper Agent
  • State Champs
  • Stray From The Path
  • Survive This!
  • Tear Out The Heart!
  • Teenage Bottlerocket
  • Terror
  • The Color Morale
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • The Ghost Inside
  • The Lost Boys
  • The Maine
  • The Protomen
  • The Ready Set
  • The Story So Far
  • The Summer Set
  • The Word Alive
  • TheCityShakeUp
  • This Wild Life
  • To The Wind
  • Vanna
  • Volumes
  • Watsky
  • Wax
  • We Are The In Crowd
  • We The Kings
  • Yellowcard